It’s that time of the year again, another release is nearly upon us, which means a whole bunch of new features and functionality to play around with. Salesforce releases bring excitement both to Admins & Developers in the backend, as well as users who get UI improvements on the frontend.
Having just announced the release date, sandbox preview, and pre-release org information for Salesforce Summer ’21, the release notes are also now available! So in true Salesforce Ben fashion, let’s dive into our top 10 features of this release…
1. Flow Updates
With every new release, there are many amazing enhancements to Flow and the Summer ‘21 release does not disappoint.
Tim Combridge has already given us a sneak preview in his Summer ’21 Treasure Hunt post, but here are a few standout updates…
- Build Multicolumn Screens in Flow Builder (GA)
- Set a Default Value for Any Screen Component That Displays Choices
- Use Is Changed in Condition Logic for Start Elements and Decision Elements
- Use ISCHANGED, ISNEW, and PRIORVALUE in Record-Triggered Flow Formulas
- Place Fields from Your Salesforce Objects Directly on Flow Screens (Beta)
- Find Failed Flows Faster
- Debug Flows with One Button
There’s an exciting update for Dynamic Actions in the Summer ‘21 release. You can now quickly and easily configure a Dynamic Actions bar for your standard and custom actions, including setting visibility for the entire Dynamic Actions bar.
Check out our complete guide to Dynamic Actions here.
Salesforce is bringing the power of inline editing to reports! Now, if a record is out of date, you can update certain fields (text, numeric, and checkbox) without leaving the report view. For example, if a sales rep is viewing an Opportunity report, they can update the Probability field from the report and the report will automatically refresh.
You can now download a dashboard as a PNG file that can then be embedded in documents, presentations or anywhere else!
Use the Record Sharing Hierarchy in Lightning Experience to easily understand why a user has access to a certain record.
The Analyze Button will now give you insights and performance predictions for your custom components. For a full overview of the Analyze Button check out our article here!
We love Split View, however previously, you had to switch back to a List View to perform mass actions. Well no more! You can now perform mass actions in Split View as well.
Pipeline Inspection provides sales reps with a single view of their pipeline including key metrics and opportunities. In addition, Pipeline Inspection displays changes in close dates, amounts, stages, and forecast categories.
Using these insights, sales reps can focus on the most important deals and managers can identify opportunities or reps that need more support.
Previously, LinkedIn Navigator integration was only available as an AppExchange App. With the Summer ‘21 release, Salesforce has provided native integration for Sales Navigator, including a LinkedIn Sales Navigator component that can be added to the Lightning page layout for the lead, contact, opportunity, and account objects.
You can also add InMail and Connection Request Lightning actions.
Previously, Walkthroughs were a paid feature of MyTrailhead, but with the Summer ‘21 release you get 3 Walkthroughs for free!
Walkthroughs enable you to create a hands-on interactive tour, guiding users through onboarding or new features, with step-by-step prompts. Check out the video below for more information…
I hope you enjoyed this summary of our favourite Salesforce Summer ’21 features. Did we miss any out? What are you most looking forward to?
Let us know in the comments below…